2017 Heartland Business Analysis Conference

September 14, 2017
7:00 AM to 4:30 PM
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Mid-America Center
1 Arena Way
Council Bluffs , IA 51501
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Opening Keynote Speaker: Paula Bell

 

Mokuso--Lead Yourself

Leadership is required in all areas of an organization, regardless of title. Business analysts lead in many different ways and require leadership skills to be successful. A prerequisite for being a good leader is an understanding of yourself. In this session, we will discuss how to start with self-introspection in order to position yourself to effectively lead others, bringing forth the business transformations required to take your organization to the next level.

Biography

A business analyst and leadership/career development mentor, coach, speaker and author with 20 years in project experience. Paula has experience in a variety of industries. She has led multiple highly-visible multi-million-dollar technology and business projects to create solutions to transform businesses. Paula is originally from Brooklyn, NY.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Management Information Systems from Oral Roberts University located in Tulsa, OK.  Paula is married and currently resides in Iowa with her husband and twins (boy/girl).  Paula is extremely active in her community. She is president of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund. Paula studies martials arts and achieved her black belt designation in April of 2016.  

 

Closing Keynote Speaker: Angela Wick 

  

Defining Value: Perspective Is Everything!

What is value?  This elusive term has so much meaning that it can easily be dismissed. We will explore what value really means and the different types of value. We will also look at the present and future of portfolios, programs, projects, products, and requirements at every level of detail to understand increments of value.  In addition, we will discuss how teams and individuals can use a definition of value to explore, discover, and ultimately deliver and execute on value in everything they do.  Come redefine what value means to you.

Biography

Founder and CEO of BA Squared, LLC. BA Squared is a training and consulting company that helps modernize requirements practices. With over 20 years of experience she helps BAs, product owners, PMs and teams develop the skills they need to inspire collaboration and innovation. Angela is passionate about helping traditional and agile teams build great products with great product and solution requirements practices.

 

Breakout Speakers:

Adriana Beal

Digging Deeper: Tested Techniques to Clarify Business Goals and Align Software Requirements with the Corporate Strategy

In order to excel in their role, business analysts need to understand the business strategy and overarching goals their project is meant to support and how success is going to be measured. Yet, oftentimes stakeholders get impatient to kick off a project, offering evasive answers to direct questions about its strategic direction. The result is a solution that solves the wrong problem and/or destroys value by negatively impacting other business processes or initiatives. This presentation teaches how to get stakeholders to share the information you need to align your requirements to corporate strategies and drastically increase the odds of your project delivering a solution that produces the desired business impact.

 Biography

Born and raised in Brazil, Adriana Beal has been working in the U.S. since 2004, helping Fortune 100 companies, innovation companies, and startups build better software that solves the right problem and aligns with business strategy. As the principal consultant at Beal Projects LLC, she works with clients organizations to spell out how a software project is going to deliver business value; combine qualitative and quantitative data from users, sales, marketing and internal analytics to understand and prioritize customer needs; synthesize stakeholder feedback into product strategy; identify strategic product opportunities; research and validate potential solutions; and lead design and development teams to successfully execute on a product roadmap.

Julie Kowalski

Building Your Reputation as a Successful Business Analyst

A successful business analyst has to effectively hold people accountable, speak and act appropriately, be confident and negotiate effectively. In this very dynamic, engaging and interactive session you will learn the top secrets to building YOUR reputation as a successful business analyst. You will learn the top skills required to effectively hold people accountable (even when they don’t report to you) and achieve the desired results. We will explore the factors that affect negotiations as well as learn the steps to create win-win negotiations. Finally we will learn how our actions and words create our character reputation and we will apply the tools that will help each of us speak and act more confidently as leaders!

Biography

Julie Kowalski is a seasoned thought leader, consultant, executive coach and superb facilitator. Julie has spent her career helping employees create self-sufficient and streamlined processes which lead customers to be delighted and staff to be rewarded with success.Julie possesses over 25 years of first hand business experience. Her accomplishments include personally starting and successfully managing multi-million dollar companies. 

Paula Bell

The Kata of Change - How to Flow with the Unknown

The one thing that is constant is change.  Surviving change can sometimes be difficult.  However, not changing is fatal.  Projects exist because of change and we are the change agents to get those projects done.  This presentation will leverage martial arts concepts to help participants survive through change.

Objectives: acceptance, acknowledgement, understanding and embracing.

Biography

A business analyst and leadership/career development mentor, coach, speaker and author with 20 years in project experience. Paula has experience in a variety of industries. She has led multiple highly-visible multi-million-dollar technology and business projects to create solutions to transform businesses. Paula is originally from Brooklyn, NY.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Management Information Systems from Oral Roberts University located in Tulsa, OK.  Paula is married and currently resides in Iowa with her husband and twins (boy/girl).  Paula is extremely active in her community. She is president of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund. Paula studies martials arts and achieved her black belt designation in April of 2016. 

Angela Wick

Modern Requirements—Getting High Quality Requirements Done Fast

Every project and team is under immense pressure to get requirements done fast, yet we continue to use the some of the slowest practices to get them. This results in scope creep, changing requirements and poor quality solutions that ultimately may not be what the users truly need. This session will look at techniques and processes that deliver faster and better quality requirements. We will explore how the different processes and collaboration patterns we use can hurt and accelerate the requirements pace and quality. We will discuss these patterns as they relate to both co-located and virtual teams, agile, hybrid and traditional teams. Modernizing requirements practices is worth it!

Biography

Founder and CEO of BA Squared, LLC. BA Squared is a training and consulting company that helps modernize requirements practices. With over 20 years of experience she helps BAs, product owners, PMs and teams develop the skills they need to inspire collaboration and innovation. Angela is passionate about helping traditional and agile teams build great products with great product and solution requirements practices.

Austin Baker & Andrew Sherwood

           

Minimum Viable Product (MVP) in IT Projects

Projects fail all the time, in fact, more than half of IT projects are reported as a failure. Utilizing a Minimum Viable Product approach can help you avoid the F-word (failure), deliver functionality early, and start leveraging a customer feedback loop.

Learning Objectives: 1) Understanding of Minimum Viable Product 2) Examples of how Minimum Viable Product has been used 3) The value in utilizing this approach 4) Pointers on how you can utilize MVP in your projects.

Austin Baker Biography

Austin Baker holds the Project Management Institute's (PMI(r)) Project Management Professional (PMP(r)) certification.  He is a graduate of Bellevue University (MPM and BS).
He is currently a Sr. Project Manager with Mutual of Omaha.  Austin also mentors and presents on project management to Midland University and various groups in the local area.

Andrew Sherwood Biography

Andrew Sherwood holds the Project Management Institute's (PMI(r)) Project Management Professional (PMP(r)) and Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP(r)) certifications.  He is a graduate of Creighton's Heider College of Business (MBA), Peru State College (MS), and University of Nebraska at Omaha (BS). He is currently a Project Manager with Mutual of Omaha. Andrew teaches Operations Management and Project Management courses for Midland University's MBA program, Peru State College, and Southern New Hampshire University.

Ronnie Thomas

 

Necessitate Leadership

Being a leader is not a choice anymore; regardless of title, everyone has the capability of leading in one manner or another. Necessitating Leadership is an understanding that being a leader is now unavoidable and that to succeed one must grow the leader within. Join me in learning some key techniques that not only can help you ignite your own leadership journey but can provide you the stepping stones needed to lead successful transformations.

Biography

Ronnie Thomas has worked in the IT industry for the last 20 years. He has industry experience in Finance, Insurance, Consumer Goods, Incentives, and Transportation.   Ronnie graduated from Creighton University with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and followed it up with two Masters, a Master’s in Business Administration and a Master’s in Information Technology Management.   He works at Werner Enterprises as a Director in their Information Technology Services. For the last seven years he has participated as an active member of the Omaha Agile User Group Board and the AIM IT Leadership Academy Steering Committee.

Jessica Koenigsman

Yellow Ball, Right Corner Pocket.  A 7 Step Technique to Help You Achieve Your Personal and Professional Goals.

Change is all around us, new technologies appear all the time and businesses need to move faster and faster to stay competitive. It makes it all the more important to have a strategy for your own development to stay ahead of the curve. If you have struggled to meet personal or professional goals in the past or are just looking for a new twist to help re-charge your development, come learn a fun new technique to help hold yourself accountable to achieving more success.

Biography

Jessica Koenigsman is a Lead Business Analyst for Lincoln Financial Group’s Group Protection business. Jessica’s key responsibilities include engaging our internal partners to enhance and grow customer relationships, revenue and profit and focusing on business continuity and crisis management activities and projects. Throughout her career, Jessica has held a variety of roles in the Business Analysis space that have focused on training. She currently provides onboarding for new hires and oversees a mentoring program for Group protection BAs. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and resides in Omaha.

Lora McCoy

Two Break Out Sessions

Keeping Up With The Future

Disruption. It's a buzzword as of late. Disruption of business is happening at breakneck speed with ever innovative technology and business transformations.  Unfortunately (or fortunately depending on your perspective), there is no speed limit on change in this world we live in. How do we, as Business Analysts, not only adjust to that speed of change, but be a driving force for the innovation and potential transformation. In this session we will talk about the changes in business and technology, how it impacts the BA discipline and how we can not only adjust to it, but take advantage of it.

The Power of P3

Fear. Change incites it in most. Yet, you engage in change with hope for a better tomorrow. Many you try to guide through change do not necessarily respond with your excitement, hope or enthusiasm. Instead, you are often met with resistance, sometimes significant. You have a choice. You can become frustrated at that which you cannot control, or you control that which you can. You. In this session, we will discuss how to overcome the most difficult obstacle in change: your perspective.

Biography

Lora McCoy is a Certified Business Analysis Professional with over 19 years of experience performing Business Analysis skill set activities as well as Quality Assurance, Project Management and more. This experience spans varying company size in multiple industries including Banking and Finance, Service Management, Education, Retail and Oil and Gas. Her passion for helping others is evident in her passion for the profession of Business Analysis. She is dedicated to both the profession and those who perform the skill set for the profession. She currently serves as the President for the Oklahoma City Chapter of the IIBA where she applies that passion to the local membership in the form of mentorship and knowledge sharing.

 

IIBA Speaker

Kevin McCormick

Topic: TBD

 

Additional Registration Information

  •  If you are paying by check, your payment must be postmarked by:
    •  July 12, 2017 to receive the Early Bird discount
    •  September 5, 2017 to avoid week of show price
  •  Inclusions and Special Needs
    •  Continental breakfast and lunch are included in the conference price.
    •  Indicate any special needs when you register for the event.
  • Cancellation & Registration Transfer
    • Notification by email must be received by midnight on 8/18/2017 for a refund of 50%; after 8/18/2017 no refunds will be processed.
    • An attendee may substitute another individual at any time. The original registrant must notify IIBA Heartland Chapter of the name of the new registrant. Notify us of your transfer request by emailing to baconferenceregistration@heartlandiiba.org

 

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$325.00 Non-Member (advance registration)
$400.00 Non-Member (at the door)
$275.00 Earlybird rate before July 13

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$325.00 Member (at the door)
$175.00 Earlybird rate before July 13

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2017 Heartland IIBA Business Analysis Conference Agenda